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Caprese Salad Gets A Makeover

Caprese Salad

This weekend my Mom was visiting (Yay! Things always feel so much better she’s around!). On Sunday I woke up and came downstairs to find her looking through a cookbook that Kristin sent me a while ago that’s all about entertaining. We started looking at it together and found this cute way to serve caprese salad, and since tomatoes are in abundance right now, we decided to stop at a farm stand and pick a few up to give it a whirl.  We both thought it would be a cute appetizer for a nice summer dinner, and having it stand up gives a simple classic an impressive twist.

Caprese Salad


Ingredients: Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil, Olive Oil, Balsamic Glaze (Luckily my Mom was on hand for this one.  Pour about 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small skillet and cook on medium for a few minutes until it reduces it to a sweet glaze.  You can’t go wrong, after all balsamic is great on its own and the glaze makes a huge difference!), Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions: Stand the tomato up on your cutting board and slice about 4 or 5 times depending on how thick you want the tomato slices.  Don’t slice all the way but rather leave about an quarter of an inch so that the tomato still stands up.  Insert a mozzarella slice and basil leaf into each fold.  Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

And since I’m still building up my stock of kitchen staples I found a few things that may just have to go on my kitchen wish list!  How about one of these adorable ceramic bottles to leave on your counter or table for a little olive oil drizzle? And this long rectangle serving dish would be perfect to line three or four of these bad boys up and then serve from the center of the table. Yum!

oil pitcher

rectangle aqua dish


  • Scientific Housewife

    That caprese salad looks amazing and the bottles are so cute!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:12 am Reply
  • blueviolet

    Where did you find those???? Fabulous.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:12 am Reply
  • kristin

    Looks delicious, that will be my lunch.
    I was just sitting here thinking. There is one thing I wish I was better at (except more creative) is to be a better cook:)

    July 27, 2010 at 9:12 am Reply
  • Brianna

    looks SO delish!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Phoenix Peacock

    what delightful presentation. I will keep this in mind – or maybe I will make it with goat cheese instead! mmm yum.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Liv

    Mmmmm… tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil… I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this my supper (and even my breakfast occasionally) this summer!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    What an amazing idea! I’m going to have to try this for my dinner -party this weekend.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Caren

    It looks so good! Gonna have to give that a try too!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:29 am Reply
  • Ilene

    great finds! and yummy looking salad. mmmmm!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Kristin {Ellie-Town}

    What a fun way to display one of my summer faves! Those bottles and platter are so cute.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Tia

    That looks SO good!! I would really fool my friends into thinking i’m a domestic goddess if i made this….

    July 27, 2010 at 9:39 am Reply
  • betsy

    mmm love caprese salad especially with home grown tomatoes. I think that will be on my menu this weekend. Also, I am a sucker for cute bottles and serving ware.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Katie

    What an adorable way to serve Caprese. Yum. That is one of my favorite salads!
    Love those ceramics too!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    Adore! I’ve never seen this presentation before. I’m loving it. And the other day I saw a sweet potato that had been cut similarly, and then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and all that good stuff. Yum.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Krysten

    Oh yum, I am totally telling my mom about this, she loves caprese salad!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Lulu

    Mmm, that looks good, and what a pretty way to serve Caprese Salad! I love the bottle from Sur La Table!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Lilly

    Yum my FAVORITE! I actually had the regular version minus the cheese last night for supper. Now i am totally going to have to stop and get all the fixings to make it again tonight. :o)

    July 27, 2010 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Julia

    Love that idea. I’m going to buy some mozzerella for my homegrown tomatoes. And I can’t wait to try the glaze!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Christina

    Love love love Caresse salad. This is such a find idea.

    July 27, 2010 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    Love caprese salad and so miss the ability to get fresh mozzarella 🙁 Thanks for the balsamic glaze tip!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Traci B

    It looks & sounds delicious!! Try reducing the balsamic & drizzling it on asparagus with parmesan cheese!! It’s FABULOUS!!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Oh my gosh caprese is my FAVORITE and this looks divine. Yum yum!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Justine

    Great presentation. Will definitely give it a try this week after a trip to the Farmer’s Market.

    July 27, 2010 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Salt

    Mmmmm LOVE caprese salad! Those ceramic bottles are so cute!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    What a pretty presentation! i never thought of doing it that way.

    July 27, 2010 at 10:22 am Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    awwww i LOVE the presentation of this delicious salad!! mmm it’s been FOREVER since i’ve had one of these, i’ll have to make it this weekend!!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:27 am Reply
  • Kerr

    yum, I want caprese salad now!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Bethany

    I love Caprese salad, and this just makes it even more irresistible!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat.

    That’s a very cute idea, it makes such a lovely presentation!

    I was served a meal with the glaze the other day and wondering how to do it myself – thanks!


    July 27, 2010 at 10:38 am Reply
  • Ria

    You should try a caprese bruschetta.With some garlic olive oil on top!Yummy!!!!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Cassie

    I love this salad and the tomatoes around at the moment are just heavenly aren’t they?! Those oil bottles are gorgeous too.

    Now I am feeling hungry!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Valerie

    What a great idea, this looks amazing! I want to try it.


    July 27, 2010 at 10:45 am Reply
  • marian

    Hands down my most favorite salad!!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:57 am Reply
  • kristen

    mmm SUCH a good salad! My fave!
    Like the presentation!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Ooh, this looks so delicious! I’m gonna have to try it out!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Leia

    Omg this sounds amazing! Definitely going to give this a try!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:12 am Reply
  • Diana

    I love how create the salad is, lol! And those bottles are fantastic 🙂

    July 27, 2010 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Tara

    Yum! I will have to try that!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:36 am Reply
  • sara@domesticallychallenged

    That looks so good right now in the heat! I bet it tasted wonderful!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Kris

    One of my favorite salads ever!!!

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    July 27, 2010 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Tiffany

    that salad looks so good–both to eat and also, it’s just plain adorable!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Cabootique

    I love caprese salad and that’s such a cute way of serving it!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • MJ

    What a fun twist on the regular caprese!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Kate

    That salad looks delicious! Caprese is by far my favorite anything – panini, salad, pizza… YUM! I’ll have to try serving it this way next time!


    July 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Mmmm, I’ve always loved Caprese salad. I might have to try this sometime!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • hi-d

    Yum…so want to make that. 🙂
    Love the ceramics as well.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Jen

    Mmm! Looks delicious!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Erica

    Yummy! Looks as delicious as it does pretty ; )

    July 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Katie

    That salad looks delicious!

    July 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • Anaiz

    Oh yes that looks wonderfully delicious! Yum.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • lindsay

    This salad is my fav! 🙂

    July 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm Reply
  • Cafe Fashionista

    Oh. My. Gosh. This looks DIVINE!! 🙂

    July 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Allison

    How pretty is that! Art! Love the different colors of those bottles. I need a cute place to call home.

    July 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Couture Carrie

    So yummy!


    July 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Dani

    That’s it. I’m officially hungry. Lunch time!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • lisa

    Whoa, so simple but pure genius! The caprese salad looks wonderful with the tomatoes standing up. I’m totally tweeting a link to this.

    July 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    I just LOVE this whole post! That tomato looks beautiful and I am for SURE going to try it soon. 🙂

    July 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Jill @ Teenage Bride

    I will so have to make this for my husband he would LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm Reply
  • theUngourmet

    Brilliant! Caprese Salad is my absolute favorite! Love the serving dish and bottles as well. Great colors!

    July 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • krystal

    I have been living on this salad all summer! i love the glaze idea – i’m going to try!

    July 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Shin

    So delicious and most important for me, easy to make!! I’m doing this tonight!! xoxoxoxoxo

    July 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    oooh yummy Megan!! looks so good

    July 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Val

    Oh my. That looks awesome!

    July 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • Carrie

    MMMMMM Caprese is one of my all time faves! And I love your knick knack additions, too.

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    July 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Ooh, what summery deliciousness!

    July 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm Reply
  • Lemonade Makin' Mama

    That has quickly become one of my all time favorite salads! Yum.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Jocelyn Stott

    LOOOOVE this. One of my fav dishes ever and this revamped version is supreme.

    July 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Meghan

    I was planning on making something similar for lunch on Thursday – so thank you! Love the presentation!

    July 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm Reply
  • Allison

    That looks delicious…now only if I liked tomatoes… ; )

    July 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm Reply
  • MizzJ

    Delicious! This type of fresh salad is perfect for hot summer evenings.

    July 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm Reply
  • Bekah

    HOw cute and easy!

    July 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Jen

    So pretty! And I love those jars and the platter.

    I saw another way, recently, of doing Caprese salad, at a friend’s cookout. She used cherry or grape tomatoes and put them on a wooden skewer with chunks of mozzarella in between. She presented them on a platter drizzled with balsamic vinegar and thin strips of fresh basil. So good… and easy to eat with your hands!

    July 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm Reply
    • The BonBon Rose Girls

      @Jen, What a great idea and so easy! Love it!

      July 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm Reply
  • EmmyLou

    My mouth is watering! Thank you for sharing and as always, thank you for your wonderful comments! 🙂 xx

    July 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • barefoot in the park

    oh my that sounds amazing!

    July 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm Reply
  • laura trevey

    That looks divine!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm Reply
  • Surferwife

    The caprese looks gorg!! How do you eat it? Cutting into it with a fork and knife I suppose? It would look to pretty to dig into!!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Josie

    This is such a pretty presentation! I love it. And that serving platter is super cute.
    xo Josie

    July 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm Reply
  • Polly

    Oh watch the drool dribbling down my chin. Caprese is my favourite, and Im loving those jugs too.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm Reply
  • Melissa B.

    Oh, I am SO glad I clicked over here tonite! I’m housesitting for my neighbor, and he encouraged me to pick the tomatoes in his garden. Well, I’ve got nine maters on the counter, and was wondering what to do. Now I know, THANKS!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm Reply
  • Mara

    yum that caprese looks amazing! That’s one of my favorites 🙂

    July 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • stacy

    I love tomatoes and this salad looks great. How clever and artistic!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • The Only Girl

    OMG! My taste buds just squirted when I saw that delish salad pic. Want. It. Now!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm Reply
  • Silver Strands

    That is GORGEOUS Megan! I’m making it. period.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:00 am Reply
  • Vanessa

    Love the presentation! So creative and so simple!

    July 28, 2010 at 12:07 am Reply
  • Casee Marie

    That looks spectacular! You really can’t go wrong with fresh mozzarella.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:43 am Reply
  • Kelly's Recipes for Life

    Yummy! Caprese is my favourite! I just got back from my honemoon in Italy, I think we ate it everyday! This looks a fab ay to serve it! Very posh!

    July 28, 2010 at 2:25 am Reply
  • The Owl's Closet

    omgosh, this looks amazing! definitely trying it out. i love reading ur posts on recipes, megan:) thanks for sharing!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:37 am Reply
  • Niki

    wow that’s an awesome twist to the caprese! thanks for sharing i’m going to have to try it 🙂

    xx Niki

    July 28, 2010 at 3:50 am Reply
  • Susu Paris Chic

    Those ceramic bottle are so cute I could easily mistake them for popsicles!

    July 28, 2010 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Purses Pastries Etc...

    I love this twist on the salad!! It makes it look rather impressive and unexpected and I think I shall definitely be attempting it one of these days — thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

    July 28, 2010 at 7:01 am Reply
  • Joanna

    I love the presentation & will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

    July 28, 2010 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Pesky Cat Designs

    Yummy! I want to eat that salad right now!

    July 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    The caprese salad looks amazing!
    Glad you had a great weekend with your mum!
    B xx

    July 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Kate Davey

    Looks amazing!

    July 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm Reply
  • Rhianne

    wow, this looks delicious!

    July 29, 2010 at 6:06 am Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    I just made a quick caprese salad the other day, with some basil from our garden. But I love the look of this one – much more interesting!

    July 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic

    caprese salad is my favorite treat in the summer months (and winter if the veggies look good at the store) SO tasty!

    I would literally design my whole kitchen after those bottles and serving dish, they are so pretty!

    July 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • nancie

    i will try this in the new year, love your blog its all rounded

    Happy New Year

    December 31, 2010 at 5:23 am Reply

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